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Traveling with the Canon 50mm 1.8|| (no zoom)

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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 16:05:05 PM by Fainastock02
New article posted: Traveling with the Canon 50mm 1.8|| (no zoom)
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 16:47:03 PM by Bradcalkins
It can be a useful exercise. My first camera when I was 12 had only a 75-150mm zoom lens, and I think it was responsible for teaching me to choose and capture a subject, rather than just shooting the scene with a wide angle...
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 16:59:34 PM by Dark3y3s
Great images and nice experiment :) Congrats!
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 17:25:26 PM by Solidsdman
A very nice photo journal of your trip. The Canon 50mm 1.8 is certainly one of, if not the cheapest, lenses Canon makes, but it is a great lens, especially for Astrophotography.
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 17:33:14 PM by Saporob
A lot of famous photographer used fixed lens but now zooms have(almost) same quality as fixed and overall you can avoid problems with lions...
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 17:34:11 PM by Fainastock02
Astrophotograpy with the 50mm? I never tried it before...When the night is bright I certainly will try it out. Thanks for the comment...
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Message posted at 11/30/2012, 22:02:15 PM by Chanevy
Very nice images. Zoom with your feet : )
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 07:03:17 AM by Lenutaidi
Great images!Congrats!

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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 07:37:02 AM by Photosdl
good decision! However I don't know if I would have the guts to do it :)
Nice pictures!
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 09:35:05 AM by Perstock
Congrats to some really nice shots!
I´m actually going there in just a couple of weeks from now.
Will definitly bring some more than the fifty :-)
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 09:35:38 AM by Jdanne
Nice photos!

When I bought my expensive Nikon D700 body I had no more money left for a good zoom. Therefore I used my Nikkor 50mm 1.4 D from my analog time for quite a long span of time. It kept me busy to walk around to find the best place to shoot.
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Message posted at 12/01/2012, 15:27:09 PM by Fainastock02
Which places will you visit in Tanzania?
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Message posted at 12/02/2012, 03:18:23 AM by Gmargittai
Working with the 50mm lens only, requires a lot more careful positioning, and as you say you probably missed opportunities. But I was surprised how close you could get to the animals just with the 50mm. Next time when you go, take a super-zoom point and shoot camera as well. Small and relatively cheap. You'll be surprised at the results especially those in good light.
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Message posted at 12/02/2012, 18:09:08 PM by Sunguy
Long before there were zoom lenses, photographers got along fine with just the "normal" lens and maybe one other. The biggest problem of only having the 50mm lense would be getting those close-ups of poisonous snakes, large spiders, etc. I'm guessing the colobus monkey was cooperative.....

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Message posted at 12/04/2012, 18:36:39 PM by Leakeem
prime lenses remind of the time when all I had was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII. I never had a problem with that camera so I guess getting used too much with zoom lenses may cause some discomfort when forced to use only a single focal length. But it never really does become a big problem.
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Message posted at 12/04/2012, 19:03:53 PM by Egomezta
Well, your images are amazing, great job.
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Message posted at 12/04/2012, 21:14:32 PM by Martingraf
Limitation makes you get creative - you've proven that :) Anyway, I think you did the right thing. If I would go on that trip and had to take only one lens with me, I would take my 2.8/90 macro.
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Message posted at 12/05/2012, 06:06:59 AM by Fainastock02
"Limitation makes you get creative " Totally true!! Well said! Thanks for the comments..
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Message posted at 12/14/2012, 06:57:54 AM by Astormfr
spending days with a fixed (no zoom) lens is indeed a very good exercice to work on composition! Try it for sure!!!
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